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Sticky or fixed ecommerce elements are the features that appear to follow you down the page as you scroll.
They're an established tactic to improve ecommerce UX.
Here's a bunch of examples...
Some retailers are making basic errors preparing their landing pages for Black Friday.
As we've discussed previously, retailers need a year-round Black Friday landing page to ensure that they achieve decent search rankings and keep their audience informed.
Granted, Black Friday only truly hit the British consciousness during 2014's elbow-fest, but some websites have missing pages or redirects where their Black Friday landing pages once were.
We've been looking at some analysis of search performance in the lead up to Black Friday.
Electrical retailer Currys has had its strategy licked for some time, whereas Amazon has the odd improvement it could make to its usually omnipresent site.
Both sites show a consistent (and year-round) landing page is important for brands capitalising on annual events.
Black Friday is nearly upon us, and interest in the annual shopping splurge appears to be taking hold in the UK... sort of.
In the US it makes sense as Black Friday always coincides with the day after Thanksgiving, but on these shores it all feels a bit forced.
Why should we care about a shopping event that coincides with a public holiday that means nothing in the UK?
In a recent post, I talked about why internal links and hub pages are a vital factor for SEO, as this helps avoid the problem of pages on the same site 'cannibalising' each other's search rankings.
In this article, i'll look at how cannibalisation and semantic flux are affecting search rankings for separate, but related sites.
The examples I use here are PC World/Currys and Tescobank/Tescocompare. Each brand is cannibalising its own rankings in different ways.
One of the benefits of ecommerce is that it’s very easy to present a range of products side-by-side so that shoppers can compare the various features.
This makes greatly helps the decision-making process as customers can select a product based on which has the most relevant features as well as being the best value for money.
Retailers can also present additional details such as special offers and product reviews in order to increase the chances of a conversion.
In ecommerce, tablets are now finally being recognised as an entirely distinct category than smartphones, so the overarching mobile category is no longer relevant.
As such, businesses can’t rely on having a single mobile strategy to cover both devices. Tablet shoppers can expect to be treated to an excellent user experience that fits with the capabilities of their device.
It's a topic we've discussed in more detail in a post about the opportunities that tablets present for marketers, as well as highlighting 10 ecommerce sites that have catered to tablet users by embracing responsive design.
And in order to help sites deliver this experience, Mobify has come up with seven techniques for providing a tablet optimised user experience...
Responsive design is a hot topic in web design at the moment, as it allows site owners to tailor content to any sized screen from a single set of code - which is obviously very useful as the mobile web continues to grow in popularity.
Yet it’s still quite difficult to find examples of retailers that have embraced the technology.
This is particularly true among the top retailers that tend cling to their existing mobile sites and apps rather than going responsive.
Though responsive design is an all-encompassing way of building your site rather than a mobile strategy per se, for the purposes of this post I thought it would be interesting to look at which of the top 20 UK retailers use responsive design compared to those who have a separate mobile site.
Here’s what I found out...
Three of DSGi's major UK e-commerce sites were down for maintenance for a large part of the day yesterday, with Currys, PC World and Dixons all displaying error messages for visitors.
The retail group is expected to report disappointing like-for-like sales figures this week, and can ill-afford the loss of a day's online trading in such economic circumstances.